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Wartime Memories & Stories

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205 Group Italy

On the third of September 1944 I arrived in Naples in Italy, as a passenger on a United States Air Force Dakota. Yet another transit camp, but for the first time in a country that had been conquered. For the people this was a degradation coupled with poverty.…
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John H. Reeves (108 Squadron)

John H. Reeves. 930416. LAC. Volunteer reserve enlisted Uxbridge July 1940. Posted to RAF Wittering .Northants (headquarters runner 12th group ops-Postman), I joined 108 at Fayid in December 1941(Instrument section).

Operations by Albert Cranthorne, 178 Squadron.
Navigators attend an early briefing. All important timings were given All Aircrew assembled at Main Briefing
Navigators attend an early briefing. All important timings were given All Aircrew assembled at Main Briefing
The Intelligence Officer warned of dangers The Met. Officer gave his best predictions Pins and tape were re-arranged!
The Intelligence Officer warned of dangers The Met. Officer gave his best predictions Pins and tape were re-arranged!
These pictures were drawn shortly after Albert arrived at 178 Squadron. They were drawn on wartime notepaper and are now badly faded. Albert has been able to restore them on the computer and they appear almost as good as new. They still capture the atmosphere of the time!
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Posted: 3 years 2 months ago by JW #4627
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My father's cousin, Peggie Willmott, married Ivor Matthews in 1940. Ivor became a Flt Eng on 178 Sqn. He perished with his crew in KH423 over Yugoslavia on 5 Nov 1944